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Title: Dust pollution from agriculture

item Sharratt, Brenton
item AUVERMANN, BRENT - Texas A&M University

Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/26/2013
Publication Date: 1/1/2014
Citation: Sharratt, B.S., Auvermann, B. 2014. Dust pollution from agriculture. In:Van Alfen, N.K., editor. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems. Volume 2. Cambridge, MA:Elsevier Academic Press. p. 487-504.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Fine dust particles emitted from agricultural facilities, lands and operations are considered pollutants when they affect public health and welfare. These particles, with a diameter of less than or equal to 2.5 µm (PM2.5) and less than or equal to 10 µm (PM10), are regulated by government agencies. Emission of PM2.5 and PM10 can result from high winds eroding agricultural lands, tilling soils and harvesting agricultural crops, processing agricultural products, and trafficking from livestock. Information in this chapter focuses on dust emission rates from various agricultural sources and best management practices to reduce emissions from these agricultural sources.